1. Check out the “Grounded” exhibition at Villa Terrace


As a man of Italian origin, I feel a certain vocation in my blood every time I walk through the Mediterranean corridors of the Villa Terrace Art Museum. I feel the spirit of my great-great-grandfather Rodolfo Bologna, who calls me to return to my ancestral home on the sea. That place is so amazing, it’s a joy to just walk around, so last week I was happy to check out his latest exhibit, “Grounded”, which he opened at the end of October. The exhibition showcases the work, mainly sculptures, of three Midwestern artists: Nick Drain, Sydnie Jimenez and Z Moralez. Their pieces are captivating and I would recommend a visit to the exhibition to any art lover out there.

2. Watch All quiet on the west front (or not!)


The boy and I settled for a movie on Saturday night. The popcorn had popped. With All quiet on the west front, I was expecting some heavy observation, but I wasn’t quite prepared for his nearly 2.5 hours of grim exploration of the horrors of war, big and small. It seems like an exceptional film to me, centered on likeable characters, impeccably staged and beautifully shot. My warning: it’s brutal. It doesn’t flinch from the violence of WWI trench warfare, graphics very similar to that Save Private Ryan‘s portrait of the second world war. But the great message inside All quiet on the west front that’s how useless all this is. Most of the film is set in the final days and even minutes of the war, and its final minutes in particular bring home the futility of what happened in the previous four years. Twelve-year-old Louie, by the way, gave it a 9.5 out of 10.

3. Read Digital minimalism by Cal Newport


My cell phone makes me sad. There are many reasons for this: too many messages, not enough messages, an endless void of stupid videos that undermine my productivity, the constant promise of connection usurped by a feeling of relentless isolation somewhat akin to being trapped in a cage of glass watching the world flies close to you. Other people, it seems, share a version of this feeling, although perhaps they would use slightly less purple prose to describe it. wrote Cal Newport Digital minimalism for these people. It’s a short and relatively simple book that describes how the digital world has hijacked our minds, exploited our insecurities and is ultimately harming us and, more importantly, suggests ways to break that hold on us. I’ve implemented several strategies from this book, and while I’m still painfully attached to my phone, it has improved. If you’re looking to do the same, this book is a good first step.

4. Grab a Bagel from Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette


I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a delicious bagel, and Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette is the best bagel I’ve had in a while. Over the weekend, I decided to check out the place and ordered a whole bagel with a vegetarian schmear from the garden. It was just * the perfect chef’s kiss *. The bagel to cream cheese ratio was right, everything about the bagel was everywhere and all the flavors came together in a beautiful little circle of delight. The inside of the Walker’s Point space was also lovely – last time I ordered my bagel to take, but I plan to go back and step out into the space while enjoying my next bite.

Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette; Photo by Brianna Schubert

5. Start browsing your holiday gift purchases


Do you find gift shopping overwhelming? Me too. But this year I decided to start early to be at least a little less stressed the week before Christmas. Also, I have a new approach. In the past, I’ve created spreadsheets and tried to invent the concept of a gift before I hit the store. This year I will go to the store first and look for things that make me think about my loved ones. It is much more fun! Especially since I have focused on local shops. My first stop last week was at Il Bosco, and while I keep my specific discovery hidden, I can report that I have found the perfect thing for my mother-in-law.



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